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CHAIMOVITSCH: 2015-16 AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE FIRST AND SECOND ALL-STAR TEAMS NAMED

ahl-logo_thumb2015-16 AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE FIRST AND SECOND ALL-STAR TEAMS NAMED

BY: Jason Chaimovitch, AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League has announced the 2015-16 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams, as voted by coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities.

2015-16 AHL First All-Star Team (stats through Apr. 6)
Goaltender – Peter Budaj, Ontario Reign (57gp, 39-14-4, 1.75gaa, .931sv%, 9so)
Defenseman – T.J. Brennan, Toronto Marlies (67gp, 24+43=67pts., +36, 8 PPG)
Defenseman – Brandon Montour, San Diego Gulls (64gp, 12+43=55pts., 30 PP pts.)
Left Wing – Chris Bourque, Hershey Bears (67gp, 28+45=73pts., +12, 9 PPG, 5 GWG)
Center – Frank Vatrano, Providence Bruins (33gp, 33+16=49pts., +17, 12 PPG)
Right Wing – Seth Griffith, Providence Bruins (51gp, 22+45=67pts., +12, 4 GWG)

2015-16 AHL Second All-Star Team (stats through Apr. 6)
Goaltender – Matt Murray, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (31gp, 20-9-1, 2.10gaa, .931sv%, 4so)
Defenseman – Will O’Neill, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (68gp, 8+38=46pts., +3, 4 PPG)
Defenseman – Robbie Russo, Grand Rapids Griffins (65gp, 5+34=39pts., +47)
Left Wing – Mikko Rantanen, San Antonio Rampage (48gp, 22+35=57pts., +19, 4 GWG)
Center – Dustin Jeffrey, Springfield Falcons/WBS Penguins (58gp, 19+41=60pts., +10, 3 GWG)
Right Wing – Mike Sislo, Albany Devils (54gp, 27+25=52pts., +16, 14 PPG) Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK TRIP OVER PENGUINS, LOSE 3-1

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins played a near perfect road game for 50 minutes and withstood a late rally to beat the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-1 Friday night before 4,916 at the XL Center.

The Pack are 24-22-2-0 (50 points) which puts them sixth in the Atlantic Division and ninth overall in the conference standings.

The Pack play in Bridgeport Saturday night at 7pm.

Despite being atop the Atlantic Division, the Penguins, who’s record stands at 32-14-1-1 (66 points), have been on a slide. They won just their fourth game in their last eleven. The Penguins entered the game and played shorthanded as they currently have four players on recall with the parent Pittsburgh Penguins while another four find themselves on the injured list forcing Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to make four recalls from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).

The Pack effort, or lack thereof, on Friday night left their head coach, Ken Gernander, not only irritated, but frustrated that his club, at a time when every point counts as the playoffs quickly approach, go lost.

“It’s has got to be sixty minutes. It has to be sixty minutes of knock-down, drag-out, desperate-hockey from here on in. From where I come from, good enough is never is.” Continue reading

OXNARD: PACK START 3-IN-3 WEEKEND WITH LOSS TO PENGUINS

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Phil Oxnard, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, February 12, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack suffered their second straight loss Friday night at the XL Center, falling to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 3-1.

Nicklas Jensen’s third-period goal was the Wolf Pack’s only scoring.  Kael Mouillierat had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, and Anton Zlobin scored the game-winning goal.  Matt Murray stopped 26 out of 27 shots in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton net.

Jensen was disappointed with the team’s erratic play, saying, “We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes, or else we’re not going to win hockey games. That was the case tonight.”

Mouillierat scored the only goal of the first period, as Josh Archibald’s feed from the right-wing side went off of Mouillierat’s skate and past Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg (20 saves) at 11:21. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: RED HOT PACK PREP FOR THREE IN THREE

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgBY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack (24-21-2-0) start this weekend’s action in sixth place in the Atlantic Division and ninth overall in the Eastern Conference. The Pack can make some strides in their conference position for securing playoff position this weekend.

The Pack will play at home on Friday night against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. On Sunday afternoon they will do battle with the Rochester Americans and sandwiched in between the two is a trip to Bridgeport on Saturday to tangle with the Sound Tigers.

The Pack split last weekend’s action. They started with a 5-0 shutout over the Portland Pirates and played perhaps their most complete game of the season. However, the following night they were unable to change the scoreboard from a zero. A primary reason for the failure to score was the goaltending of Albany Devils netminder, and ex-Wolf Pack, Yann Danis. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 9-14, 2016

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (24-21-2-0, 50 pts., .532 pts. percentage) came out of the AHL All-Star break Friday night with their most convincing victory of the season, a 5-0 road shutout of the Portland Pirates. Magnus Hellberg made a Wolf Pack season-high 35 saves in that game for his third whitewash of the season, and Tommy Hughes and Adam Tambellini had a goal and an assist apiece. It was the Wolf Pack offense that ran dry Saturday night in Albany, though, as former Wolf Pack goaltender Yann Danis blanked Hartford in a 3-0 verdict for the Devils.  That was just the second loss in the last 12 games for the Wolf Pack, who have climbed to within three points of a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: (FRI) SOUND TIGERS END PACK WINNING STREAK

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Taylor Beck’s two breakaway goals paced the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to a 4-1 win Friday night at the XL Center. The loss ended the Hartford Wolf Pack‘s eight game winning streak and extended the Bridgeport win streak to three games.

The Sound Tigers at 22-19-2-1 (47 points) are in fifth place in the Atlantic. The Wolf Pack are 22-19-2-0 (46 points) are sixth place in the Atlantic Division and have dropped to the eleventh spot in the conference.

Everything the Wolf Pack did in their winning streak was not in evidence in the game right from the start.

“It wasn’t very indicative of how we have been playing. I don’t want to go into too much detail. We didn’t play well tonight,” remarked a tense head coach Ken Gernander.

The Sound Tigers sealed off the win in third as Beck got a nice short pass from defenseman Scott Mayfield off a clearing in attempt by Ryan Bourque that was picked off by Bracken Kearns originally. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: RAFFI DIAZ – LEADING THE WAY

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – The first half of the season was not the way that veteran defenseman Raphael Diaz  had planned it out.

Diaz signed a free agent one-way NHL deal ($700K) with the New York Rangers on July 1st. The thought of playing in the AHL wasn’t in the cards.

After being one of last cuts in New York’s training camp Diaz reported to Hartford and it turned into an adventurous first half.

Diaz played the first five games of the season and suffered an injury causing him to miss the next six. Then played the next five before suffering a true freak injury against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins on November 15. It was an injury that would force him to the sidelines for the next 25 games.

“I fell down in a funny, weird way and the muscle was torn. I just needed time for it to (heal) and grow again and make sure it’s 100 percent. It was longer than I thought it would be,” Diaz said. Continue reading